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The 1997 season of the National League was the one hundred twenty-second season of the league.

Contents

[edit] Season summary

[edit] Standings

An asterisk (*) indicates the team won its league's wild card, Bold indicates league champion, Italics indicates World Series champion
Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS (RS/G) RA (RA/G) AVG OBP SLG ERA FPCT
Central Division
1 Houston Astros 162 84 78 0 .519 -.- 777 (4.80) 660 (4.07) 0.259 0.336 0.403 3.67 0.979
2 Pittsburgh Pirates 162 79 83 0 .488 5.0 725 (4.48) 760 (4.69) 0.262 0.321 0.404 4.28 0.979
3 Cincinnati Reds 162 76 86 0 .469 8.0 651 (4.02) 764 (4.72) 0.253 0.317 0.389 4.42 0.982
4 St. Louis Cardinals 162 73 89 0 .451 11.0 689 (4.25) 708 (4.37) 0.255 0.322 0.396 3.90 0.980
5 Chicago Cubs 162 68 94 0 .420 16.0 687 (4.24) 759 (4.69) 0.263 0.319 0.396 4.44 0.980
Eastern Division
1 Atlanta Braves 162 101 61 0 .623 -.- 791 (4.88) 581 (3.59) 0.270 0.341 0.426 3.18 0.982
2 Florida Marlins* 162 92 70 0 .568 9.0 740 (4.57) 669 (4.13) 0.259 0.342 0.395 3.83 0.981
3 New York Mets 162 88 74 0 .543 13.0 777 (4.80) 709 (4.38) 0.262 0.329 0.405 3.95 0.982
4 Montreal Expos 162 78 84 0 .481 23.0 691 (4.27) 740 (4.57) 0.258 0.310 0.425 4.14 0.979
5 Philadelphia Phillies 162 68 94 0 .420 33.0 668 (4.12) 840 (5.19) 0.255 0.320 0.385 4.87 0.982
Western Division
1 San Francisco Giants 162 90 72 0 .556 -.- 784 (4.84) 793 (4.90) 0.258 0.336 0.414 4.41 0.980
2 Los Angeles Dodgers 162 88 74 0 .543 2.0 742 (4.58) 645 (3.98) 0.268 0.329 0.418 3.63 0.981
3 Colorado Rockies 162 83 79 0 .512 7.0 923 (5.70) 908 (5.60) 0.288 0.352 0.478 5.25 0.983
4 San Diego Padres 162 76 86 0 .469 14.0 795 (4.91) 891 (5.50) 0.271 0.342 0.407 4.99 0.980

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Jeff Bagwell
Craig Biggio
Eric Karros
Sammy Sosa
Houston Astros
Houston Astros
Los Angeles Dodgers
Chicago Cubs
162
At Bats Mark Grudzielanek Montreal Expos 649
Runs Scored Craig Biggio Houston Astros 146
Hits Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres 220
Doubles Mark Grudzielanek Montreal Expos 54
Triples Delino DeShields St. Louis Cardinals 14
Home Runs Larry Walker Colorado Rockies 49
Total Bases Larry Walker Colorado Rockies 409
Runs Batted In Andres Galarraga Colorado Rockies 140
Stolen Bases Tony Womack Pittsburgh Pirates 60
Caught Stealing Kenny Lofton Atlanta Braves 20
Walks Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants 145
Intentional Base-on-Balls Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants 34
Hit by Pitch Craig Biggio Houston Astros 34
Strikeouts Sammy Sosa Chicago Cubs 174
Sacrifice Hits Edgar Renteria Florida Marlins 19
Sacrifice Flies Bernard Gilkey
Tony Gwynn
New York Mets
San Diego Padres
12
Grounded into Double Plays Fred McGriff Atlanta Braves 22
Batting Average Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres 0.372
On-Base Percentage Larry Walker Colorado Rockies 0.452
Slugging Percentage Larry Walker Colorado Rockies 0.720
On-Base plus Slugging Larry Walker Colorado Rockies 1.172
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Mike Piazza Los Angeles Dodgers 186

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Denny Neagle Atlanta Braves 20
Losses Mark Leiter Philadelphia Phillies 17
Win-Loss Percentage Greg Maddux Atlanta Braves 0.826
Appearances Julian Tavarez San Francisco Giants 89
Games Started Curt Schilling
John Smoltz
Philadelphia Phillies
Atlanta Braves
35
Complete Games Pedro Martinez Montreal Expos 13
Shutouts Carlos Perez Montreal Expos 5
Games Finished Rod Beck San Francisco Giants 66
Saves Jeff Shaw Cincinnati Reds 42
Innings Pitched John Smoltz Atlanta Braves 256.0
Batters Faced Darryl Kile Houston Astros 1056
Hits Allowed John Smoltz Atlanta Braves 234
Home Runs Allowed Steve Trachsel Chicago Cubs 32
Base-on-Balls Allowed Shawn Estes San Francisco Giants 100
Intentional Base-on-Balls Steve Cooke Pittsburgh Pirates 11
Hit Batsmen Kevin Brown Florida Marlins 14
Strikeouts Curt Schilling Philadelphia Phillies 319
Wild Pitches Mike Remlinger Cincinnati Reds 12
Balks Hideo Nomo Los Angeles Dodgers 4
Runs Allowed Mark Leiter Philadelphia Phillies 132
Earned Runs Allowed Mark Leiter Philadelphia Phillies 115
Earned Run Average Pedro Martinez Montreal Expos 1.90
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Pedro Martinez Montreal Expos 0.932

[edit] All-Star Game

The National League lost the sixty-eighth midsummer classic at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, OH on Tuesday, July 8, 1997 by a score of 3 to 1. The league's manager was Bobby Cox.

[edit] Postseason

The 1997 National League playoffs featured the champions of the league's three divisions along with a wild card team. The teams competed in a best-of-five Division Series, followed by a best-of-seven League Championship Series. The winner of the League Championship Series represented the league in the World Series.

  Division Series Championship Series
                 
West.  San Francisco Giants 0  
WC  Florida Marlins 3  
    WC  Florida Marlins 4
  East.  Atlanta Braves 2
East.  Atlanta Braves 3
Cent.  Houston Astros 0  

In the World Series, the National League champion Florida Marlins defeated the American League's Cleveland Indians, 4 games to 3.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Larry Walker, an outfielder with the Colorado Rockies. In the award's voting, he had 359 out of a possible 392 points and 22 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Pedro Martinez of the Montréal Expos. In the award's voting, he had 134 out of a possible 140 points and 25 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Scott Rolen, a third baseman with the Philadelphia Phillies. In the award's voting, he had 140 out of a possible 140 points and 28 first place votes.

[edit] Gold Gloves

The following players won the Gold Glove Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
P Greg Maddux Atlanta Braves
C Charles Johnson Florida Marlins
1B J.T. Snow San Francisco Giants
2B Craig Biggio Houston Astros
3B Rey Ordóñez New York Mets
SS Ken Caminiti San Diego Padres
OF Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants
Raul Mondesi Los Angeles Dodgers
Larry Walker Colorado Rockies

[edit] Silver Sluggers

The following players won the Silver Slugger Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
C Mike Piazza Los Angeles Dodgers
1B Jeff Bagwell Houston Astros
2B Craig Biggio Houston Astros
3B Vinny Castilla Colorado Rockies
SS Jeff Blauser Atlanta Braves
OF Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants
Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres
Larry Walker Colorado Rockies
P John Smoltz Atlanta Braves

[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The fifty-first annual Hall of Fame Game was played on August 4 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In the game, the National League's Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres of the American League by a score of 16 to 8.

[edit] Notable events

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